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Active Shooter Safety: 4 Things Your High Security Entrances Must Have

Active Shooter Safety: 4 Things Your High Security Entrances Must Have

According to a study completed by the FBI, in 2014 and 2015 alone, there were 231 casualties as a result of mass shootings. Let’s examine 4 enhancements you can make to security revolving doors or mantrap portals to thwart an active shooter’s attempt at gaining access to your building, or worse, doing physical harm to people.

1) Anti-Piggybacking Technology

An active shooter with an agenda will be determined to infiltrate your building. He sees an innocent employee approaching the security revolving door or portal. His first thought? Hold them at gunpoint and force them, and himself, through the entrance.

This scenario describes a “piggybacking” event. When it comes to security revolving doors, the term "piggybacking" refers to an attempt to gain access to a secured area by jumping into the same compartment as an authorized user. For portals, piggybacking involves two users attempting to enter the door at the same time.

StereoVision 2 is a sophisticated technology from Boon Edam that puts a stop to piggybacking attempts. Using a combination of an optical camera and active, near-infrared sensors, StereoVision 2 technology can recognize shapes, sizes and volume in three dimensions. Simply put, the system is looking into the door’s compartment and searching for a set of head and shoulders, as well as body shape. Based on a sampling algorithm, unusual shapes are rejected and the culprit(s) are required to exit the door.

2) Biometric Devices

But what if the active shooter doesn’t stop there? If the shooter were to steal an employee’s access card and attempt to proceed through the door - alone - he could gain access UNLESS you utilize one or more biometric devices.

Biometric devices identify unique physiological characteristics, such as fingerprints, hand geometry, facial features, and iris patterns. They also comply with two-factor authentication (2FA) regulations. These devices alone will not stop an active shooter from gaining access to a building, though (think about a swinging door opened by a registered user, and then held open for numerous people to pass through). But, when coupled with an anti-piggybacking technology, biometric devices provide a solid defense against unauthorized entry.

Security revolving doors can be equipped with an external biometric post placed immediately outside of the door, or as one of many leading up to the door. Security mantrap portals are available with an interior post, ideal for mounting the latest biometric technology directly inside the door. Both options provide a layered method of access and meet 2FA compliance. Keep in mind, though, that your throughput will be impacted by the type of biometric device you choose to incorporate.

3) Bullet-Resistant Glass

The common denominator between all mass shootings is a weapon. And it comes as no surprise that most active shooters choose the light, inexpensive and easy to conceal 9mm semiautomatic handgun to carry out their schemes, according to data compiled by The Washington Post. Bullet-resistant glass can safeguard the integrity of your door up to a certain point, and possibly save lives.

Bullet-resistant (BR) glass is the layer of armor your security door needs for protection against an active shooter attack. BR glass is made from layers of polycarbonate (tough plastic) sandwiched between pieces of toughened glass. And not all BR glass is created equal; there are different BR-rated protection levels.

Security revolving doors and mantrap portals can be outfitted in BR glass with protection Level 3. As mentioned, the weapon most commonly used by an active shooter is a 9mm handgun. According to Total Security Solutions, BR glass with a Level 3 rating is capable of stopping three .44 magnum bullets, or a bullet that is twice as heavy and moves significantly faster than the bullet of a 9mm handgun.

Level 3 BR glass is 1.04” thick, over 4 times the thickness of standard security door glass. The glass can be used on the outer drum glass and also, the moving door wings or panels. It's important to note that using thicker glass on moving door wings or panels will slow the movement significantly due to the extra weight and impact throughput levels.

4) Bullet-Resistant Curtain Wall or Storefront

Active shooter safety extends beyond your security door to include the adjacent walls or storefront area. To be prepared for a direct attack, and especially if people are constantly present on the inside of the storefront, you should consider replacing your curtain wall or storefront with BR glass.

Because they are flat and stationary, curtain walls and storefronts can accommodate a much higher level of BR glass than a security door (which has curved glass or moving glass in the door wings). BR glass for the curtain wall or storefront is available in up to a Level 8 rating which, according to Total Security Solutions, is capable of stopping 5 shots from a .308 caliber 7.62mm rifle.

Unfortunately, active shooter incidents are occurring at company locations across the nation, and the globe. The impact of such an event can be catastrophic to an organization if lives are lost. If you believe your organization could be at risk, these 4 enhancements for your security revolving door or mantrap portal can thwart an active shooter’s attempt at infiltrating your building and wreaking havoc.

Company: Boon Edam Inc.

Product: Security Doors & Portals

Of: Amy Coulter

Source: http://blog.boonedam.us/active-shooter-safety-4-things-your-high-security-entrances-must-have

Tags: Entrances | Safety

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High-Function Custom Bullet Resistant Solutions for Banks

High-Function Custom Bullet Resistant Solutions for Banks

Because most banks have similar needs—a secured teller line with bullet resistant windows, secured ballistic doors, and bulletproof fiberglass to reinforce counters—many security companies try and push a one-size-fits-all solution.

With decades of experience designing, engineering, fabricating, and installing custom bandit barriers in banks and credit unions, Total Security Solutions knows how rarely this turns out well.

Bullet Proof Barriers Attuned to the Banker’s Needs

“Banks can be pretty ornate, so were used to having to adjust what we do to match a given location.” Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards explains, “That’s our speciality, that sort of customization. Even when we’re doing many locations for the same chain, in different parts of the country each office looks a little bit different.  It’s like housing, in that it has this regional component.  So we don’t try to come up with a single one-size solution we can just keep punching out.”

Total Security Solutions isn’t limited to just shuffling around pre-fabricated pieces.  They can customize down to the individual component level: curved ballistic transparency, special communication and ventilation solutions, all-glass and completely custom high-security doors, and so on.

In contrast to many security companies—especially local glazers—Total Security Solutions is sensitive to how important relationships are in banking.  Jim puts special emphasis on clear sight lines and communication in such settings.  Gina Mims, a facilities manager, recently coordinated with Total Security Solutions to secure several offices for the Health Plan of San Joaquin:  “I love the fact that … it doesn’t look like the old school [barrier] with that metal plate [and talk hole].  It all looks very nice.  Our buildings, both of them, are very modern, so I wanted to make sure that they stayed along those lines.”

ATMs: An Evolving Security Challenge

ATMs pose obvious risks to customers, both in terms of their physical safety and fraud exposure.  They are also proving to be a significant and unpredictable liability to financial institutions.  For example, within the last several years European banks have been increasingly plagued by teams of thieves who attack ATMs in the night, flood the machines with a mixture of oxygen and acetylene (gases usually used to fuel welding torches), and then ignite the volatile mixture, blowing the machines open.  These attacks don’t just result in significant monetary losses (both in damage to the unit and building, as well as money stolen)—they’re also incredibly dangerous, as you can see here (the ATM is at the far right edge of the frame, in a mostly blue enclosure with a red top half):

This could easily result in injuries not just to the thieves, but also to passersby, staff, and even people in adjacent buildings.  Although there have been no reported ATM “gas bombings” in the United States as of yet, the US currently leads the world in losses resulting from insecure ATM locations.

According to Jim Richards, “There are a lot of different ways that ATMs are deployed, but we have yet to see one we couldn’t secure.”  In many cases Total Security Solutions favors a design similar to their bulletproof vestibule system used in schools, replacing the outer glass and doors of the ATM vestibule with bullet-resistant transparency and framing, and securing access to the ATM with a ballistic door outfitted with a card swipe-actuated computer-controlled electric strike. “Customers swipe their ATM card to gain access, and then the door latches behind them–just like any other security door. These are really easy retrofits for situations where the ATM is installed in the bank vestibule or outer lobby, but the same idea works with exterior-wall ATMs: You build a bulletproof glass curtain wall around an exterior wall-mounted ATM, with the same sort of card-swipe entry system. What’s key is that this solves both the skimmer/fraud/vandalism problem, as well as protecting customers.”

Painless Bandit Barrier Installation

Most importantly, owing to their decades of experience, Total Security Solutions has optimized their prep, design, fabrication, and installation processes. “It can be two teller stations or 15; we’re able to move on the project as quickly as the operations or facilities manager are ready.”

Bullet resistant barrier system installations are designed to absolutely minimize any business interruptions.  Most installations can be completed overnight, with even the most challenging retrofits installed in under a weekend.

“I just returned from see[ing] the install and boy what nice work!” Holly Eades, vice-president of finance for Clark Energy wrote after having several payment offices secured by TSS.  “They were here when they said they were going to be, … showed up when they were supposed to, and everything was just as neat as a pin.  We were really, really tickled with their work.”

Company: Total Security Solutions Inc

Product: Bullet Resistant Barriers

Source: http://www.tssbulletproof.com/high-function-custom-bullet-resistant-solutions-banks/

Tags: Glass | Safety | Security | Windows

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Bird decoys: the hawk vs. the owl

Bird decoys: the hawk vs. the owl

Birds cause millions of dollars in damage to homes across the U.S. each year. Because of the acidity levels in bird droppings, large accumulations of them can actually eat through roofing materials, which could cause leaks if bird populations are not deterred from the property. Bird nests can ruin gutters, cause electrical fires, and block ventilation systems. Gardens aren’t safe either. Birds can destroy young seedlings and fresh fruit, and contaminate food plants with their droppings.

There are a variety of effective ways to control the bird populations around a home and garden. At Bird B Gone, we’ve developed a variety of environmentally friendly bird deterrents that will not harm birds or other wildlife, yet will effectively deter them in most cases.

One of the most popular methods of bird deterrents are decoys such as the Bird-B-Gone Hawk Decoy, designed to scare off birds without the use of loud noises, lights, or other such equipment. Decoys such as the Hawk are low-maintenance options for bird control and usually made of a durable plastic that holds up to a variety of environmental factors. Decoys are commonly created in the shape of a hawk or an owl, predators that hunt the birds visiting a property.

By strategically placing these decoys on a roof, over the patio, on a boat, or in a garden, birds are unable to tell that the decoy is not a live bird—at least for a while. In sunlight, the decoy produces a silhouette or shadow that is equally menacing, but the success of decoy birds relies on human interaction. Moving the decoy to different places on the property is suggested to create a more realistic visual deterrent.

Which Decoy is Most Effective, The Hawk or The Owl?

Owls: The Night Hunters

Birds know that owls are night hunters, so seeing an owl while the sun is shining may not be an effective way to discourage birds from visiting your property. An owl guarding a garden or perched on a wall day by day will eventually lose its effectiveness, and, while birds may have been deterred in the beginning, they will soon learn this owl is not a real threat.  With that being said the Red Tailed Hawk may be the more effective visual deterrent.

The Red Tailed Hawk: The Day Predators

The Bird B Gone Red Tailed Hawk decoy is chosen by consumers as the more realistic option for a decoy to use as a visual bird deterrent. Not only do the red-tailed hawks hunt in the daylight hours in a natural habitat, they are readily identified by birds as a predator. The mock predator eye and shiny reflective surface work together appealing to birds’ visual sense. The red-tailed hawk decoy presents a visual warning to the birds, day or night, that danger is near.

While decoys can be effective for small areas or minimal bird concentrations, they are not recommended for larger infestations. The type of bird population, the amount of space affected, and the location of the infestation should also be considered. A combination of bird control methods may be required, including bird netting, repellents, electric tracks or laser deterrents.

For additional information, contact the professionals at Bird B Gone, who can recommend the right type of product to address your bird control problem.

Company: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Source: https://www.birdbgone.com/blog/bird-decoys-hawk-vs-owl/

Tags: Building | Safety

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Backyard 2.0: 2017 Deck and Railings Forecast

Composite decks are on the rise, with more options for consumers than ever before. Photo: DesignRail® aluminum railing on composite deck
Composite decks are on the rise, with more options for consumers than ever before. Photo: DesignRail® aluminum railing on composite deck

What happened to the great backyard star, the deck? Today more and more decking contractors, remodelers, and dealers have quietly morphed into outdoor lifestyle specialists. While the deck still plays a leading role, it’s now supported by a large backyard cast.

So reports Charlie Wardell, a contributing editor at Hanley Wood, the folks behind widely-read trade publications like PROFESSIONAL DECK BUILDER, BUILDER, and REMODELER. Recently Wardell shared his 2017 decking and railing outlook, gained from observations and exclusive interviews at the Deck Expo. The big takeaway: “A lot of companies are switching their marketing focus from decking and railing to outdoor living,” Wardell told us in a private chat. “They’re selling lifestyle rather than product.”

The idea isn’t new, of course, but the speed of transition may be. Mike Beaudry, executive director of NADRA (North American Deck and Railing Association), told Wardell their annual deck design award candidates used to be “deck after deck.” Beaudry says “… it’s now patios with connected decks and pools, screened-in porches, arbors, and outdoor kitchens.” It’s not your grandfather’s backyard anymore. The new normal features LED lighting, pergolas, weather-proof storage cabinets, and other indoor amenities. 

What else to look for this year:

Composite Decking

This year watch for composite boards that mimic distressed wood flooring, complete with variegated streaking. The rough-hewn rustic look appears in patterns won’t repeat for up to 12 feet. Homeowners have never had so many composite choices for color, texture, installation ease, and price points.

User-Friendly

One composite flooring manufacturer says their boards have conquered a new frontier: They’re bare-foot friendly … or at least, friendlier. They say the new composites don’t give you the hot foot like standard composites. A special capstock technology reduces heat absorption by up to 35 percent. Even a cool new feature like this isn’t always obvious to pros, much less consumers. “At first glance, most the composite decking products look very similar,” Wardell tells us. “You have to ask questions to understand the differences.”

Railings

“Buyers also want classier railings, which is reflected in the explosion of railing products,” his states. Notable among them are cable rails, which Wardell says were especially prominent at the Expo. Lighting also features prominently in outdoor spaces, and is a great add-on to any railing.

Wardell likes the direction of industry innovation and rush to serve a mushrooming outdoor lifestyle segment. But, as he quickly adds, repositioning yourself in an evolving marketplace doesn’t guarantee success. That still comes down to old-fashioned service, quality, and performance.

Company: Feeney, Inc

Product: DesignRail® Aluminum Railings

Source: http://media.feeneyinc.com/blog/backyard-2.0-2017-deck-and-railings-forecast

Tags: Design | Railing System | Safety

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Flexible bollards guide traffic while avoiding costly collision damage and repairs

Flexible bollards are more than just traffic pylons. Rigid on their own, flexible bollards are designed to bend under vehicles—flexing up to 90 degrees—repeatedly, without losing their shape or form.

  • Flexible plastic minimizes damage
    Prevent collision damage to vehicles, bollards and road surfaces
  • Save time and money
    No need for upkeep or replacement—even after multiple impacts
  • Removable hardware available
    View compatible bollards and hardware

Flexible bollards guide traffic while avoiding costly collision damage and repairs

Flexible bollards

Flexible bollards indicate traffic boundaries and off-limit areas, while minimizing vehicle damage in case of collision. Install flexible bollards with inground mountings—fixed or removable—to avoid tampering or theft.

Flexible plastic bollards provide strong visual indicators, standing at an ideal height for drivers. While standard traffic cones are easily damaged or kicked out of place, quality bollards withstand heavy use in high-traffic environments for extended periods of time. Use flexible posts with other traffic-calming infrastructure such as medians, extended sidewalks and crosswalks.

Versatile installation

Flexible bollards can be installed with fixed or removable mounting hardware. For fixed installations, embed bollards in new concrete or bolt down into existing concrete surfaces. Removable hardware can be embedded into concrete to allow quick installation and removal. See individual item pages for installation options, or view all flexible bollards with removable features.

Durable plastic materials

Flexible bollards are made from durable polyurethane plastic to ensure lasting performance—tested to withstand full 90-degree flexion up to 50 impacts and partial 45-degree flexion up to 500 impacts. Coloring permeates throughout internal structures, so any scratches, scrapes or dents from extended use or impacts will show minimal markings. All bollards feature UV protection to minimize maintenance and prevent fading in sunlight.

High visibility

Flexible bollards ship in standard black to complement any contemporary or traditional architectural and landscape design. A selection of alternative colors are available—see individual item pages for details. All flexible bollards feature optional reflector strips in 1 of 4 colors.

Company: Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.

Product: Flexible Bollards

Source: http://www.reliance-foundry.com/bollard/flexible-bendable

Tags: Color | Design | Safety

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Mantrap Portal Solutions Eliminate Piggybacking

Proven Mantrap Portal Solutions Cost-Effectively Replace "Do-It-Yourself" Vestibules

Today, many companies build their own mantrap vestibules. However, they often overlook how expensive and difficult it can be to achieve consistent, error-free piggybacking prevention. They don't know that an alternative solution already exists - Boon Edam security portals!

Mantrap Portal Solutions Eliminate Piggybacking

Do-It-Yourself Vestibule

  • Inability to measure false acceptance risks
  • Unpredictable false rejection rates
  • Must be manned and monitored at all times
  • High operational costs
  • Large footprint
  • Constant testing and troubleshooting
 

Mantrap Portal Solution

  • Proven solution with measurable false acceptance risks
  • Predictable and manageable false rejection rates
  • Completely unmanned solution
  • One-time investment with minimal operating costs
  • Space efficient
  • Quick and simple installation

Company: Boon Edam Inc.

Product: Security Doors & Portals

Source: http://www.boonedam.us/mantrap-portal-solutions-eliminate-piggybacking

Tags: Doors | Entrances | Safety | Security

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StonePly Success Story: Atlantis - The Cove

The largest stone clad building in the Caribbean meets the challenges of fast track schedule and hurricane proof construction
The largest stone clad building in the Caribbean meets the challenges of fast track schedule and hurricane proof construction

Sol Kerzner, resort entrepreneur, created a beautiful themed resort that features the lost city of Atlantis. StonePly was able to fabricate, deliver, and install over 144,000 square feet of custom exterior natural stone panels in The Cove Atlantis and The Reef Atlantis. These panels feature custom sawn and bush hammered textures to give the cladding depth and beauty.

Part of the reason for selecting StonePly for The Cove Atlantis was the success of the earlier cladding we supplied for Atlantis which survived numerous hurricanes, including one of which was a category 5, and has survived with minimal to no damage.

Customer's Needs

The customer needed a cladding that could both be used on the exterior and interior of the building, that matched the beauty of the resort, and added a high class feel to the resort. They were looking for a cladding that was easy to install, blended with the tropical feel of the resort, and minimized the disruption of the existing resort. The biggest challenge was to find a cladding that was impact resistant due to the weather that is inherent to the country.

StonePly Solution

StonePly was able to provide an impact resistant cladding that met the Miami requirements of hurricane resistance. The travertine was bonded to an aluminum honeycomb panel and attached using both Z-Clip extrusions and concealed screw attachments. All the attachments were attached in the field using #10 stainless steel TEK screws. Installation was completed on time and on budget by our qualified installation team.

StonePly was able to supply and install limestone panels that provided:

  • A luxurious stone cladding
  • Quick and easy installation
  • 60X the impact strength of slab stone
  • Low maintenance
  • Impact resistant

Project Details
Client: Kerzner International
Date: December 2007
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Company: StonePly Co.

Product: StonePly Curtain Walls

Source: https://www.stoneply.com/en/projects/atlantis/

Tags: Design | Entrances | Safety | Wall Panels

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How to Choose the Right Product for a Nuisance Bird

How to Choose the Right Product for a Nuisance Bird

Ask property owners and they’ll tell you: Nuisance birds can cause many costly problems. Pest birds like pigeons, starlings and gulls can damage solar panels, rooftop ventilators, security cameras, lighting systems, AC units and water runoff systems. Getting rid of nuisance birds can pose a challenge, for not all bird deterrents work equally well for all birds. So it makes sense to choose the right deterrent or repellent to the nuisance bird that can damage and/or deface your property. That’s where the bird control pros at Bird B Gone can help.

Most Complete Line of Bird Control Solutions

Bird B Gone’s comprehensive line of bird deterrents is designed to solve a wide range of nuisance bird problems in commercial, industrial and residential settings. To keep nuisance birds from loafing on edges and ledges, we have Bird Gels, Bird Spikes, Bird Spiders/Repellers and Electric Tracks. To exclude birds from under overhangs and semi-enclosed areas, we offer Bird Netting and Bird Slope. To keep nuisance birds from ruining your solar panels, we have an entire Solar Panel Deterrent Kit. If you only have problems with occasional nuisance birds, there are Bird Hazers, Laser Deterrents and harmless Chemical Repellents that will do the job. To cut down on the nuisance birds flocking to an area, we offer a full line of Humane Bird Traps and Mist Netting. The point is, Bird B Gone will make sure you have the right product for the job. Our products address not only the type of bird but where they land and what they do.

Experience, Knowledge, and Expertise

The industry leader for over 22 years, Bird-B-Gone has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to help you select the right bird control product for the nuisance bird that’s causing you so many headaches. Our bird control engineers lead the industry with more than 90 years of combined hands-on experience. We can help you with installation, and that includes locating a professional bird control product installer in a specific geographical area. Our team “goes the extra mile” to solve your nuisance bird problem as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

“Made in the USA” Means Quality Guaranteed

To get rid of nuisance birds, you need a bird control product you can count on. Bird B Gone products manufactured in the United States meet the highest standards of quality in the industry. All products go through an extensive quality control process before being shipped. And each product is hand inspected and signed as it’s packaged. This allows us to offer the industry’s longest guarantees—as long as 10 years on some products. It’s no wonder our products are specified bird control products by architects and government agencies. And why Bird B Gone is a GSA Advantage Approved Vendor.

Training & Customer Service That’s Second to None

Using the right product against nuisance birds also means learning how to choose and use that product or products. Bird B Gone offers training and support for all aspects of bird control, including on-site training and technical support. We regularly host a free training course through Bird B Gone University. Classes are taught by our bird control specialists at the Bird B Gone training facility in Santa Ana, California. This ensures our customers get the real answers they need in effectively solving pest bird problems. Bird B Gone Customer service is second to none. Our customer support team is just a phone call away to help find the best solution for your budget.

Company: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Of: Alex Kecskes

Source: https://www.birdbgone.com/blog/how-to-choose-the-right-product-for-a-nuisance-bird/

Tags: Roof | Safety

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Parking Booth

Parking Booth

From single unit commercial structures to airport plazas and municipal parking facilities, Par-Kut builds quality parking booths that last regardless the location. Solid welded construction and corrosion resistant materials help Par-Kut parking booths battle physical and environmental abuse while keeping your operation and your attendants safe, secure and comfortable. Par-Kut portable steel buildings withstand adversity and remain looking good for up to 25 years with little or no maintenance.

When contacting your skilled Par-Kut sales person, please have some information ready for us. In order to make sure your parking booth can pass code requirements we’d like to know where the booth will be used. The geographic location, city and state are very important in the design of the parking booth. As we build every booth custom for every client, you can be positive that it’ll meet or exceed all applicable code.

Par-Kut offers project specific drafting and design services in
addition to our exceptional manufacturing capabilities. This permits us to style and build you an ideal building that appears in-built, rather than “bolted on.” Regardless of what the look is, from the most basic to high finish style, we’ll work diligently to accommodate your style and parking booth requirements.

Parking lot booths from Par-Kut are built to your order and can be a simple shelter or valet booth, a parking cashier booth, or a security guard house. Factory assembled and delivered ready for easy hook up and immediate use, a Par-Kut parking booth provide the purchaser a secure parking lot office. Parking booths from Par-Kut can be outfitted with restrooms, bullet resistant construction, and platform mounting. Further, parking booths from Par-Kut can be standard, or architecturally enhanced to better blend with site surroundings.

Go to GALLERIES to view additional parking booths.

Company: Par-Kut International, Inc.

Source: http://www.parkut.com/booths/applications/parking-booths/

Tags: Entrances | Prefab | Safety | Security

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Architectural Glass Takes on a New Shape

Architectural Glass Takes on a New Shape

Glass has become such a common material in modern buildings, it’s often easy to forget that we are relatively early in understanding the extent of its capabilities. It wasn’t even until the early 1950s, with the development of an automated float glass manufacturing process that provided consistent high quality at a moderate cost, that glass was truly made available to the masses. The future of architectural glass, however, is taking on a new shape. The ability to curve and bend glass has helped to evolve this material from a means of allowing natural light within interior spaces to an artistic focal point.

Earlier this year, the design for the new Little Caesars Headquarters in Detroit, Michigan was unveiled, featuring 14-foot tall formed laminated glass shapes that loosely resemble a piece of pizza, the hallmark product of the company’s success. What seems so visually simplistic–a pane of glass bent down the middle–is actually an engineering marvel. The double-curved glass walls of the Emporia Shopping Mall, located in Sweden, is an example of the intricacies involved in manufacturing a large scale curved glass structure.

The Art of Bending Glass

There are several methods of curving or bending glass, including bending and tempering, hot bending, cold bending and lamination bending. In the case of lamination bending, the glass is first layered with other interlayer materials and then bent before ultimately being placed inside an autoclave at temperatures near 280°F to complete the lamination process. The extreme temperature causes the interlayer to soften to the consistency of honey and fill the crystalline of the glass, resulting in a laminated safety glass. Due to the autoclave process, however, the glass must actually be bent at a tighter radius than is ultimately desired because the heat will cause it to spring slightly back to its original shape.

The 804 double panes of glass installed at the Emporia Shopping Mall were manufactured by heating the glass, causing it to soften and through its own weight, take the shape of a mold. Almost 600 different molds were used to create the intricate curve pattern. Equally as important as the heating process, the glass had to be properly cooled to ensure there was no residual stress within the panel. The final step was laminating the panes of glass together using an amber or blue plastic film, which provided the desired color and safety characteristics.

Photo Credit: Emporia Shopping Center, by Håkan Dahlström

Company: Total Security Solutions Inc

Source: http://www.tssbulletproof.com/architectural-glass-takes-shape/

Tags: Design | Glass | Safety | Security

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Creating a Healthy, Safe, Age-Friendly Work Environment

Creating a Healthy, Safe, Age-Friendly Work Environment

Today’s workforce is comprised of workers of all ages. But older workers still do and will continue to make up a significant portion of the workforce. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, one in five American workers will be over age 55 by 2020.

Regarding safety in the workplace, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) notes that older workers may suffer fewer workplace injuries than their younger counterparts. This is attributed to the experience they have acquired over the years and the fact that older workers are generally more cautious.

However, older workers typically require a longer recovery time and chances of them suffering a fatal injury are greater than younger workers. Overall, it makes sense to create a safety culture that is healthy and safe for workers of all ages.

The CDC offers the following suggestions to make a healthy and safe workplace and age-friendly workforce:

  • Prioritize workplace flexibility. Provide workers input into their schedule, work conditions, work organization, work location and work tasks.
  • Match tasks to abilities. Encourage self-pacing, rest breaks and less repetitive tasks.
  • Avoid prolonged, sedentary work. Offer sit/stand workstations and walking workstations. Provide physical activity opportunities.
  • Manage hazards. These include noise, slip/trip and physical hazards.
  • Provide and design ergo-friendly work environments. This includes workstations, tools, floor surfaces, adjustable seating, better illumination, and screens and surfaces with less glare.
  • Utilize teams and teamwork strategies for aging-associated problem solving. Those closest to a situation are best enabled to find a solution.
  • Provide health promotion and lifestyle interventions. These include physical activity, healthy meal options, tobacco cessation assistance, risk factor reduction and screenings, coaching and onsite medical care.
  • Invest in training and building worker skills. This should be done for workers of all ages.
  • Proactively manage reasonable accommodations and the return-to-work process. This should be the standard after illnesses and injuries cause workers to have work absences.
  • Require aging workforce management skills training for supervisors. One component should be how to manage a multi-generational workplace.

What benefits do you see from promoting an age-friendly workforce?

Company: Seton

Of: Marji McClure

Source: http://www.seton.com/blog/2014/11/creating-a-healthy-safe-age-friendly-work-environment

Tags: Building | Safety

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Safety standards for slips, trips, and falls

Safety standards for slips, trips, and falls

According to the National Safety Council, compensation and medical costs associated with employee slip and fall accidents are approximately $70 billion annually. There are many factors that contribute to slip and fall accidents such as footwear type, walkway type, surface levelness, surface texture, surface contaminants, weather conditions, indoor/outdoor light, inadequate signs and warnings and walkway load. Fifty-five percent of slip and falls come from walking surface and twenty-four percent come from footwear.

There are International and National safety standards that should be researched before installation of slip resistant flooring:

International

American National Standards Institute (ANSI) / National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI): In December 2009, the NSI/NFSI B101.1-2009 “Test Method for Measuring Wet SCOF of Common Hard Surface Floor Materials,” was published, establishing the first wet test method. The standard does not simply categorize walkways as safe or unsafe due to its COF value, but it identifies its traction range into three categories.

  • High Traction: surfaces whose wet SCOF is 0.6 or greater
  • Moderate Traction: walkways whose wet SCOF is below a 0.6 but greater than a value of 0.4
  • Low Traction: walkways which possess a wet SCOF of less than 0.4

National

1.) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM): The technical committee “Safety and Traction for Footwear” includes safety and traction for walkway surfaces as well as practices related to the prevention of slips and falls. ASTM has numerous testing methods that test static and dynamic coefficient of friction such as the English XL Variable Incidence Tribometer, British Pendulum Tester, The James Machine and The Brungraber Mark. All of these test methods measure dry, wet or contaminated conditions and the COF values must be 0.4 or greater.

2.) American Disabilities Act (ADA): In the standards for accessible design, 4.5.1 Ground and Floor Surfaces states that ground and floor surfaces along accessible routes and in accessible rooms and spaces including floors, walks, ramps, stairs, and curb ramps shall be stable, firm and slip resistant. In 4.8.6 Cross Slopes and Surfaces it states that the cross slope of ramp surfaces shall be no greater than 1:50. The recommendations for flat surfaces are 0.60 COF and 0.80 COF for incline surfaces.

OSHA’s office of Regulatory Analysis states “companies that implement effective safety and health programs can expect reduction of 20% or greater in their injury and illness rates and a return of $4 to $6 for ever $1 invested. The American Society of Safety Engineers also calls investment in improving workplace safety “a sound business strategy” with a “positive impact on the financial bottom line”.

Company: SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring Div.

Source: http://www.slipnot.com/all-news/safety-standards-slips-trips-falls-1/

Tags: Floor | Safety

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Tunnel Vision: New York City’s East Side Access Project

Photo © Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin
Photo © Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin

AMBICO’s state-of-the-art pressure resistant door and frame assemblies will keep New York City commuters safe on the city’s brand new commuter rail system

Fourteen stories below the bustling streets of New York City, a massive infrastructure construction project is in full swing. Tunnel-boring machines carve through acres of rock, shaping tunnels and platforms that are slated to carry an estimated 160,000 commuters a day between Queens and Manhattan.

The $10 billion project is known as East Side Access and includes a six-mile-long tunnel, underground subway stations and an impressive rail hub directly beneath the iconic Grand Central Station. Construction on the massive transportation venture began in 2007 and is slated to be completed in 2022.

It’s a marathon project, and AMBICO Limited has been involved since near the beginning of the historic undertaking, working closely with the project architects at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in New York City to design and fabricate some 275 pressure-resistant door and frame assemblies calculated to keep commuters safe in the event of an emergency situation such as a fire or bomb blast. The doors protect the openings to “areas of refuge,” specially designed rooms set up between the tunnels to offer safety if a major emergency leaves commuters stranded.

An area of refuge has become a common requirement; transportation authorities need to be able to get people to safe areas if something happens, and the doors that protect the rooms are situated deep in the subway tunnels. The door assembly product that AMBICO developed is, therefore, highly specialized.

Background

AMBICO was the logical choice to develop the pressure-resistant door and frame assemblies for East Side Access project. The company’s expertise is already known in New York City, where its expert team has been involved for 20 years with various transportation-tunnel projects. With the Holland Tunnel retrofit in the late 1990s, for example, AMBICO’s team of engineers and machine operators worked hand in hand with the New York and New Jersey Port Authority transportation professionals to design and fabricate doors designed to protect mechanical areas, as well as areas of refuge.

The East Side Access project enabled AMBICO to extend that expertise to a significantly more demanding project. Tim Berry, Senior Engineer at AMBICO, likens it to building a skyscraper in reverse—instead of overseeing a massive build above the ground, the MTA is undertaking an epic construction project deep beneath the cityscape.

The challenging environment means these particular pressure-resistant door and frame assemblies have unique performance requirements. Subway tunnels are narrow, so the door assemblies must be designed to withstand the unique, cyclical, pressure load resulting from each passing subway car that runs 24/7 with fast-moving trains, while the water that seeps through the walls is saline, so they must resist corrosion as well. And it’s essential that these doors meet rigorous NFPA fire performance standards. The challenges are immense as these doors are one vital item in an ongoing transformation that has thousands of moving parts to it. AMBICO must be ready to fabricate the required doors on demand as the tunnels, platforms, and stations slowly take shape. That means that the AMBICO team has had to be ever-ready since 2007, planning the required pressure-resistant door and frame assemblies to exacting specifications and being prepared to supply them as construction targets come into focus.

What AMBICO Supplied

AMBICO has a reputation as an innovator in the specialized door market, a skill-set very much in demand for this particular project. However, working hand-in-glove with Deutscher and Daughter, a New York City-based distri bution firm over 100 years in business was an absolutely essential component of the project's success. Not only was a local distributor’s presence essential to connect AMBICO to the broader project team, but according to company President Becky Deutscher, the small firm's installation and preventive maintenance services maintained over the lengthy warranty period were a key portion of the value-add that AMBICO and Deutscher proposed to the project owner.

Steve Peterman, AMBICO’s Director of Marketing, outlined some of the significant achievements incorporated into the design:

  • The doors were modeled by AMBICO’s licensed engineers using structural stainless-steel sub-cores and fully welded door faces. The doors were then finished to the owner’s exacting standards.
  • Fire labels are very common in the industry, however there is not a lot of design flexibility when you plan for fire-rated products. For this project, AMBICO had to prototype door assemblies that would withstand significant air pressure and provide them with a fire-resistant certification. The combination makes for very challenging engineering requirements.
  • AMBICO ran comprehensive field tests of the product prototypes before the doors were released to the job site. Working closely with specialized multi-point lock manufacturers was a key part of AMBICO's value-add.
  • The entire assembly of the hardware, doors, and frames was certified by an independent fire laboratory.
  • The assembly was supplied as a complete unit, including the door, frame, glazing, lock, and hinges. It’s guaranteed with a five-year warranty.

The end result is an extremely robust design that enables flexibility of the product in the field.

AMBICO’S International Expertise

Because AMBICO has built its reputation over 60 years, the company is trusted by an international list of clients that includes both governments and private companies. That breadth of experience has led to contracts with many American concerns and a firm knowledge of American regulations and expectations. This particular contract for the East Side Access project stipulated that AMBICO comply with Buy America regulations.

AMBICO’s experienced professionals were well-versed in these provisions so they could quickly coordinate with the top suppliers in the United States for both the procurement of materials, the manufacturing of these unique products and the quality control necessary to assure 100 percent compliance with AMBICO’s design and manufacturing process makes working with an experienced supplier a simple process.

The Value of Time

A transit project is a long-term proposition and few have been in progress longer than East Side Access, an idea that was first presented in 1968. Shovels hit the ground in 2007 for the current incarnation of that long-ago plan, with completion planned for late 2022.

That’s a very, very long timeline. An established and focused company like AMBICO has decades of experience in the business and can look decades to the future, providing a seamless and hands-on approach to massive infrastructure projects with changeable timelines.

Judah Silverman, Vice-President at AMBICO, says the company excels at projects that involve a high level of coordination and service. The AMBICO team builds in travel and inspection visits, anticipating that high-level projects entail a very high level of care. Their commitment to East Side Access is nine years and counting, with AMBICO’s creative engineering team continually fine-tuning manufacturing and delivery requirements to match the client’s changing needs. It’s an approach that has already caught the eye of transit planners around the country who have contacted the company to discuss similar ideas as they study updates to their own transportation and security systems.

Meanwhile, deep, deep below the teeming streets of New York, the work continues apace. When the doors finally open in six years, revealing glamorous shopping con - courses, sparkling platforms, miles of elevators and escalators, and a commuting shortcut between Manhattan and Queens, AMBICO’s pressure-resistant door and frame assemblies will all be in place, keeping commuters safe in the event of an emergency.

“Our ‘tunnel vision,’” says Silverman, “is one that is both advanced and forward-looking, a model for future transportation projects around the globe.”

Company: Ambico

Product: Engineered Doors and Frames

Of: Jack Shinder

Source: https://www.ambico.com/east-side-access-case-study/

Tags: Doors | Safety

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Rigorous Testing Standards Ensure Effective Security

Rigorous Testing Standards Ensure Effective Security

Total Security Solutions is dedicated to producing high-quality bullet-resistant products that effectively secure your company’s most valuables assets, from the employees behind the counter to the cash in the drawer. We manufacture our bulletproof barriers in-house to stringent specifications, the most demanding in the industry, guaranteeing superior quality. In addition, all of our system components pass rigorous testing, often conducted by multiple standards agencies, including UL (Underwriter’s Laboratory).

Security Ratings for Bulletproof Systems

Security levels for bullet-resistant systems have been established by UL, the primary testing organization for materials used in these systems. There are eight levels of bullet resistance for bulletproof glass. These ratings are designated by the UL to determine the type of protection each level offers. They conduct extensive tests on bullet-resistant glass, which determines what kinds of firearms each can withstand. The most basic protection comes with levels one and two where you’re protecting yourself from small caliber handguns all the way up to level eight glass that protects against assault weapons.

We’re confident that our bulletproof barriers will not be compromised by the type of projectiles they are rated to withstand, ensuring the safety of your employees. But when you’re the employee standing behind the bullet resistant glass during an armed robbery, it can often be difficult to trust your life to the protection of something you can see through. Watch as we test components of our bullet-resistant barrier systems, including bulletproof glass with UL rating from 1 through 4, as well as UL Level 8.

Custom Bulletproof Systems

We can work with you to design a custom bulletproof security system that meets your unique facility needs, from a high profile ballistic barrier for additional deterrent factor to a more low profile solution that seamlessly integrates with the aesthetics of your facility without compromising protection. If you’re a business owner who’s already chosen to install a bulletproof barrier in your facility, then you’re probably aware of how security products can contribute to maintaining consistent operations and a profitable revenue stream, as well as a greatly reduced risk of armed robbery.

While bullet-resistant barriers are often enough of a deterrent to prevent a robbery, for the sake of your employees, you should feel confident in the performance of your system during a actual event. We can work with you to determine what level of bullet resistance your facility requires as well as provide tips on developing a comprehensive security plan, of which bulletproof barriers are just one component.

Company: Total Security Solutions Inc

Source: http://www.tssbulletproof.com/rigorous-testing-standards-ensure-effective-security/

Tags: Glass | Safety | Security | Windows

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Winner in NADRA 2016 Deck Competion

Project/photo credits: First Place Award: DesignRail® in Portola Valley residence, cantilevered deck (2M Architecture, Mattarozzi-Pelsinger Builders,  Treve Johnson Photography). Second Place Award: Seattle area deck, custom deck railing and structural hardware (Dave Pelletier Architect, Jeff Ruud of Peak Builders, Gary Perreault, fabricator, Will Austin Photography)
Project/photo credits: First Place Award: DesignRail® in Portola Valley residence, cantilevered deck (2M Architecture, Mattarozzi-Pelsinger Builders, Treve Johnson Photography). Second Place Award: Seattle area deck, custom deck railing and structural hardware (Dave Pelletier Architect, Jeff Ruud of Peak Builders, Gary Perreault, fabricator, Will Austin Photography)

Feeney Wins NADRA 2016 Deck Competition - Manufacturer Project Category

Each year the North American Deck and Railing Association (NADRA) holds its National Deck Competition. Prizes are awarded in a number of different categories, such as Wood Decks under $25,000, Porches, Illumination, and Manufacturer Projects, to name a few.

Projects were judged on the following criteria:

  • Use of Space / Functionality
  • Creativity / Innovation
  • Evidence of Craftsmanship / Degree of Difficulty
  • Overall Visual Appeal

All entries were judged anonymously - no identifying information could be included in the project photos. The contest was open to current NADRA members for decks completed during 2015 or 2016.

Every year the winners are announced at the Remodeling | Deck Expo | JLC Live show, and that ceremony is one of the show highlights! This year's ceremony took place at the Hard Rock Cafe in Baltimore on the first night of the event.

Feeney was proud to take home first and second place in the Manufacturer Projects category.

This year NADRA also included a People's Choice Award, using Facebook to collect votes on the best decks. Votes are still being tallied as we speak, but we are all crossing our fingers for a win with the people as well.

Learn more about: DesignRail® CableRail

Company: Feeney, Inc

Product: DesignRail® Aluminum Railings

Source: http://media.feeneyinc.com/blog/feeney-wins-nadra-2016-deck-competition-manufacturer-project-category

Tags: Exterior Design | Railing System | Safety

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Critical Infrastructure Protection: U.S. Data Centers and Ballistic Barriers

Critical Infrastructure Protection: U.S. Data Centers and Ballistic Barriers

As Total Security Solutions CEO Jim Richards recently noted, “data is where the value is,” making data centers an attractive target for a wide variety of bad actors—from teams of criminal hackers to the Kremlin and other foreign agencies. Even seemingly non-critical services—like Twitter—have become vital resources during disasters and emergencies.

As off-site data storage and cloud computing become a daily necessity in every facet of our lives, a single data center may store information and house services for a wide range of public and private entities. Data centers are the place where private business continuity and disaster recovery planning (BCP) and public continuity of operations planning (COOP) tend to come together in assuring the stability of U.S. infrastructure when disaster strikes. And, for that reason, security professionals and physical security specialists—not to mention homeland security planners and public safety professionals—are taking the physical security of data centers increasingly seriously.

But even as many best-practices checklists (like this one for SAS 70 Compliance) are beginning to take bullet resistant security into account, there are still many misconceptions about how to best address the physical security needs of data centers.

Two Traditional Categories of Bullet Resistant Barrier Systems

For the most part, bullet resistant barrier systems fall into two broad categories: Retail and Reception.

The classic Retail System would be a bank: Staff are on one side, customers on the other, and while it is rare for anyone to need to pass through the barrier, they do need to communicate clearly and pass small items easily and securely. These systems are seen in a wide variety of settings: 24/7 convenience stores, high-risk gas stations, pharmacies, municipal utility payment offices, and so on.

Reception Systems were once relatively rare, but are now increasingly common (especially in the urban core). A classic example might be a school’s secure vestibule entryway. Here there is a small reception area entirely open to the public and separated from the building by secured bullet resistant doors. A secure receptionist can vet identification before permitting visitors through. Like Retail systems, these Reception systems also have large bullet resistant windows and communication systems, but the windows tend to be smaller and simpler, where-as the bullet proof doors and access control systems are more developed. Other examples of Reception systems include police stations, hospitalscourthouses, some jewelry stores, and corporate offices.

Both types of systems presume a lot of foot traffic (usually because the building itself is located in a densely populated or high-traffic area), a heavy reliance on face-to-face communication between staff and visitors, and the need to only secure a few critical “bottlenecks”—usually entryways, or a small publicly accessible space.

Data Centers Have Different Security Profiles

As Jim Richards has found over the last several years, data centers make for a very different security scenario: “First off, we see these centers going into areas that that are more remote—Iowa, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona. They’re favoring places which are the most stable, geologically and in terms of weather. In contrast to a bank or federal building, these centers don’t need to be near population centers, and just don’t have that many unexpected visitors. So the [ballistic] systems they need are quite different, because the focus isn’t about making it easy for people to do business face-to-face while protecting them.”

Additionally, there is no bottleneck to secure. Data centers need to isolate many individual spaces and server rooms throughout the building—something more akin to fire protection strategies than traditional bullet resistant security measures. When people think “bullet proof,” they almost always think of “bullet proof glass” (even though it’s technically “bullet resistant thermoplastic“). But there just isn’t much glass in a data center. As Jim notes:

“Most traditional bullet resistant barriers are focused on ballistic windows, transaction areas, deal trays, and passers. In a data center, we don’t need that. They want to secure walls and doors, with a good access control system tying it all together. That means lots of fiberglass for the walls, lots of doors, and maybe an entryway.”

Data Centers Focus on Access Control

In contrast to many companies—especially smaller local outfits—TSS has a great deal of experience partnering with their client’s preferred access control vendors. Every TSS door is custom built, and can be engineered to easily accept any control devices, wire runs, and strikes your access system demands. Since data center installations tend to be extensive but straightforward (installing fiberglass paneling in the walls is not that different from drywalling), many centers opt to use local contractors or in-house facilities staff. TSS offers ample support to vendors and other trades, security professionals, and in-house staff, guiding them through a smooth installation process.

Company: Total Security Solutions Inc

Source: http://www.tssbulletproof.com/critical-infrastructure-protection-u-s-data-centers-ballistic-barriers/

Tags: Safety | Security | Software

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Keep Pigeons from Destroying Solar Panels

Keep Pigeons from Destroying Solar Panels

Many homeowners and income property owners are installing solar panels to save electricity. Trouble is, in many areas, pigeons are attracted to these panels, as they offer shade and protection to the birds. When these prolific birds flock to a roof, they create costly damage by depositing droppings that eat into the surface of solar panels. Left to gather, these droppings block sunlight and can reduce the overall efficiency of panels. In addition, nesting materials built under panels can impede airflow and can cause them to overheat, again, more damage. Fortunately, the bird control pros at Bird B Gone have a solution to this problem.

Bird B Gone’s Solar Panel Bird Deterrent Blocks Out Pigeons

Bird B Gone’s Solar Panel Bird Deterrent solves this problem once and for all. The deterrent includes an 8"x100 foot roll of 0.058" PVC black-coated 1/2" mesh. Specially designed solar clips (sold separately) secure the mesh to the panels. The mesh covers a standard 3kW system (2 rows of 6 panels each or 12 panels total installed in a portrait orientation). The solar clips do not pierce the solar panels and will not scratch them. The number of clips required will depend on the size and number of solar panels. A standard 3kW system (2 rows of 6 panels each—12 panels total installed in a portrait orientation) requires 35 clips. Properly installed, the mesh keeps birds away and prevents pigeons from chewing on the electrical wiring under the panels. Designed to protect the integrity of expensive solar arrays, the Solar Panel Bird Deterrent creates a physical barrier that reduces the need for frequent on-going panel cleaning costs.

Informative Video Speeds Installation

Bird B Gone now offers a new video on the Solar Panel Bird Deterrent. The video shows how to measure solar panels to estimate the amount of material needed, as well as the number of people required for the job. How to cut and align the protective mesh is also addressed, as is how to deal with overlapping panels, corners and obstructions. The video even shows how to install the bird deterrent mesh on Spanish tile roofs. It stresses the importance of cleaning and disinfecting the site under and around the solar panels. This is important, as pigeons are attracted to the scent of nesting materials and droppings. The video also underscores the need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) when removing this debris to prevent injury or infection.

The Leader

Bird B Gone is the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of bird control products, providing effective and humane solutions to a bird-free environment. The company provides advice; training and installation services for those who need help with these and other bird control measures. For the complete line of products from Bird B Gone, call 1-800-392-6915; fax: 949-472-3116 or visit our website at www.birdbgone.com, e-mail: nobirds@birdbgone.com.

Company: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.

Of: Alex Kecskes

Source: https://www.birdbgone.com/blog/keep-pigeons-destroying-solar-panels/

Tags: Roof | Safety

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The Dock Gate's custom gas struts make the vertical gate easy to open. Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Gas Struts for ease of operation
Gas Struts for ease of operation

DG Series - Carbon Steel Dock Gate

The Dock Gate provides protection against falls from loading docks. Custom gas struts make the vertical gate easy to open, and tapered guides on the receiver post make for easy alignment when closing.

The Dock Gate is available in 8’ and 10’ widths. It takes up minimal space and is easy to install using basic tools. Also available in stainless steel by special order. Meets or exceeds OSHA standards.

Determining the proper gate size for your application only requires the measurement of the inside clear opening.

Carbon Steel with Safety Yellow Powder Coat

Model No. DG14 - 96PC
Fits Clear Opening: 8’
Estimated Weight: 80 lbs.

Model No. DG14-120PC
Fits Clear Opening: 10’
Estimated Weight: 88 lbs.

Company: FabEnCo, Inc.

Source: https://www.safetygate.com/dg-series-carbon-steel.html

Tags: Entrances | Metal | Safety

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What if Someone is Determined to Get into Your Building?

What if Someone is Determined to Get into Your Building?

Does your security system only detect tailgating? What if someone is determined to infiltrate your building? Would you be interested in a truly preventative solution?

As you enter the exhibits hall at ASIS or ISC West, take a moment to pause and scan the exhibits on the floor. I find that about 80% of the floor space and displays seem focused on video surveillance and access control and related products. Every year, there are new technologies and improvements that make surveillance more accurate at identification, and access control more integrated with other building technologies. Biometric technologies are no longer science fiction but instead are maturing and becoming a feasible option for more and more businesses.

Surveillance and access control systems have been essential for decades. Yet despite great strides in these technologies, we have seen time and time again security breaches where these systems are not enough. If someone is truly determined to get into a building, what will it take to prevent them from gaining access?

A great example of a determined individual happened a few years ago: a 16-year-old boy from New Jersey gained unauthorized entry at about 4 am to One World Trade Center, in New York, and roamed the premises for two hours before being caught. The building had a security system estimated to cost $20 million when it was installed. But none of that mattered when the security guard on duty fell asleep and the young man took the elevator up to the top floor to access the roof, take photos, and then brag on social media.

It was a big wake-up call because everyone realized that even after a significant investment, this landmark building was still vulnerable, and it could very easily have been someone other than a teenaged parkour addict looking for a thrill. Building owners and senior executives very often don’t realize how vulnerable they are to infiltration—that they have a dangerous gap in prevention.

I use the word “prevent” very purposefully. If you have surveillance and access control systems, even biometrics, are you preventing infiltration? If the building has swinging doors at its access points the answer is, “No.” Indeed, this is a deterrent situation, but it is not a preventative one. One of the most common methods of gaining unauthorized entry to a building is known as “piggybacking” or “tailgating.” Many of us have badged into our building, and then held the door open for someone who looks like they also work there. You just created a serious security breach and you put yourself, your colleagues, the business and its future at risk. The best access control systems in the world can be defeated by exploiting the fact that people are nice and will often allow others to follow them through a door they’ve unlocked.

When we surveyed security professionals about tailgating, we asked them to estimate the potential costs of a physical breach from unauthorized entry: 54% believed the cost would range from $150,000 to “too high to measure.” It doesn’t take much imagination to think about the worst case scenario—sadly, they happen about every week. Without prevention, you are relying on human beings to remain vigilant, never get distracted or tired, remain at their post, follow the rules and never let anyone tailgate behind them. You are also assuming that no one is determined to get into your building. So, when a physical breach occurs, how will you know it happened and how quickly could you respond? One of our survey respondents put it this way, “[You] cannot depend on one technical solution to mitigate the risk...you need barriers, followed by surveillance, and appropriate response plans.”

Only a small percentage of the exhibits at ASIS or ISC West offer such “barriers,” also known as pedestrian security entrances, or turnstiles and security doors. I strongly encourage you to evaluate your current risk of infiltration and to learn more about the various types of barriers available. Some will need human supervision and will provide an alarm if breached. Others can physically prevent tailgating and operate without manned supervision, creating quicker ROI.

What is your stance on tailgating: do you want to detect it or prevent it?

Company: Boon Edam Inc.

Of: Mark Borto

Source: http://www.boonedam.us/blog/what-if-someone-determined-get-your-building

Tags: Doors | Entrances | Safety | Security

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GuardDog Self-Closing Gate uses two stainless steel torsion springs so the gate can open in any direction

GuardDog Self-Closing Gate uses two stainless steel torsion springs so the gate can open in any direction

The GuardDog Self-Closing Gate is tough, durable and easy to install. Featuring a unique self-closing design with two stainless steel torsion springs, the GuardDog industrial safety gate can open in any direction. To meet diverse application requirements, the gate is available in 5 nominal sizes and is adjustable laterally to 6” (-3 to +3 of the nominal size).

The GuardDog Self-Closing Gate arm is dimensioned to match top- and mid-rail heights of an OSHA-compliant guardrail. When the gate is installed and the top of the gate is at the OSHA’s recommended nominal height of 42”, the bottom of the gate is positioned at a height of 21”.

  • Gate comes fully assembled and includes securing hardware for standard installation on pipe
  • Requires only one 1/2’’ wrench and a few minutes to install
  • Available in powder coat safety yellow, hot-dip galvanized or 316 stainless steel; Special colors available upon request

Our standard Hinge Assembly fits round pipe or square tubing measuring up to 2’’ O.D, or it can also mount on angle iron or flat surfaces. For railings which are larger than 2” O.D, contact BlueWater Manufacturing and we will have an adapter kit available to use or provide a solution to mount the gate safely.

Applications range from ladder ways, mezzanines, pedestrian traffic, machine guarding, universal mount is designed to fit any hand post angle and direction. BlueWater’s industrial safety gate is available in food grade stainless steel, carbon steel powder coated and galvanized.

Company: BlueWater Mfg

Source: http://bluewater-mfg.com/product/guarddog-self-closing-gate/

Tags: Doors | Entrances | Roof | Safety | Security

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